Woody Harrelson becomes all presidential in the brand new trailer for the upcoming political drama centring on President Lyndon B. Johnson, LBJ.
The American President and A Few Good Men helmer, Rob Reiner takes up the director’s chair for LBJ in a story that follows the rise of Lyndon B. Johnson senate leader to his time at the White House taking the vacant position of US President after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Full LBJ Press Conference from Toronto
An almost unrecognisable Woody Harrelson takes the lead role as LBJ, with Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lady Bird Johnson, Richard Jenkins as Senator Richard Russell, Bill Pullman as Senator Ralph Yarborough and Michael Stahl-David as Bobby Kennedy all starring alongside.
The movie sees Harrelson as the powerful Senate Majority Leader who loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy (Donovan). He agrees, however, to be his young rival’s running mate. But once they win the election, despite his extensive legislative experience and shrewd political instincts, Johnson finds himself sidelined in the role of vice president.
That all changes on Nov. 22, 1963, when Kennedy is assassinated and Johnson, with his devoted wife Lady Bird (Leigh) by his side, is suddenly thrust into the presidency. As the nation mourns, Johnson must contend with longtime adversary Attorney General Bobby Kennedy (Stahl-David) and one-time mentor Georgia Senator Richard Russell (Jenkins) as he seeks to honour JFK’s legacy by championing the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Written by Joey Hartstone and produced by Matthew George, Reiner, Liz Glotzer, Tim and Trevor White LBJ received its first screening at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
Read our review of LBJ from Toronto 2016
Lyndon Johnson (Woody Harrelson) goes from being a powerful Senate majority leader to a powerless vice president before he becomes the president of the United States following the assassination of John F. Kennedy.